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The Jermyn Street Experience

#316 of 1,521 Tours in London
London, United Kingdom
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About The Jermyn Street Experience
Every Friday at 4 p.m. beginning at Jermyn Street Theatre, Dr. Cindy Lawford gives a sense-expanding, anecdote-filled tour of Jermyn Street. You gain special access to traditional shops selling exquisite perfumes, cheeses, cigars and art works. You hear how the finest gentlemen's hats and shoes are made and how the best bespoke shirts are tailored. You also hear the deep history of Jermyn Street, its celebrities and scandals. Winston Churchill and James Bond tend to get mentioned frequently. On Tuesdays at 12:45, Cindy also offers a shortened version of the tour, lasting around 45 minutes, that includes a sandwich from Paxton & Whitfield. For those particularly interested in suit tailoring and the history of the suit, Cindy gives a Men's Fashion Heritage Tour on Mondays at 3 pm and the last Saturday of the month at 10 am. Along with a history of Savile Row itself, this tour includes visits to the tailors of the Row and the most traditional shops of Jermyn and St. James's Street. Private tours are also available, and interviews with cutters are possible but cannot be guaranteed. This tour begins at Gieves & Hawkes, 1 Savile Row. In November 2015, Cindy will be launching an Art Tour of St. James's that will take in several of the wonderful art galleries on Bury Street, Duke of York Street, King Street, St. James's Place and Jermyn Street. Subjects include Impressionism, old maps, Tudor portraiture, 18th century porcelain, French bronze sculpture, contemporary prints by celebrated artists, pre-modern Asian art and children's book illustration.
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reid007 wrote a review Mar 2018
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
My friend and I have shared a passion for handcrafted objects be they tools, clothing, furniture, whatever. While we’d indepnede travelled to London many times we finally got to make a trip together and took the opportunity to take a guided tour of Savile Row and Jermyn Street. We can’t recommend Cindy Lawford highly enough. She afforded us access to the back rooms of the most prestigious tailoring houses where we spoke with a variety of informative and entertaining professionals, all of this supplemented with Cindy’s social history of the 17th and 18th century underpinning the evolution of the St James precinct. Cindy was a delightful companion and generous with her time. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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PhilippDK117 wrote a review Jul 2017
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland7 contributions5 helpful votes
We booked a private tour with Cindy to combine the best of Savile Row and Jermyn Street. The tour was supposed to last for two hours. We ended up with a three hour tour in which Cindy brought us closer to the histroy, secrets and ongoing changes of those two fascinating streets. A wonderful experience thanks to Cindy´s passion and enthusiasm for this area.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Anne T wrote a review Nov 2016
Palm Coast, Florida, USA63 contributions18 helpful votes
Walk, led by an expert, up and down Jermyn Street. Learn about shoes, bespoke shirts, cheese, perfume, King Charles II and his mistresses, and more. I have walked up and down Jermyn Street for years during annual visits, and I learned quite a bit during this all too brief tour. Well worth the time and money. Definitely recommended to all interested in history and men's fashion!
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Darsantre wrote a review Jul 2016
Phoenix, Arizona32 contributions24 helpful votes
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I was familiar with Jermyn Street, and had even been to a few shops along it previously, but when I discovered Cindy's walking tour of it, I had to give it a try as I find walking tours are usually the best way to learn about a place or landmark. Cindy's tour was immensely enjoyable and informative. Her knowledge of the history of the shops and products sold was fantastic, and her enthusiasm and energy was infectious. The shopkeepers were delighted to have us there and were very welcoming and professional when we made inquiries or purchased goods. A highly recommended activity for an unusual London activity if you've done all the usual tourist attractions.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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James M wrote a review Jan 2016
Chicago, Illinois257 contributions24 helpful votes
I was told to visit this area to check out the many clothing stores. A short walk from Green Park. I tried on a suit that was fantastic, but too pricey for me. The prices range from totally affordable to very pricey. Great quality and workmanship. Worth looking at.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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